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About John Hopton

John is a freelance writer from the UK, currently living in Japan and thoroughly enjoying their food and whiskey. His first novel, Three Little Boys, is currently available on Amazon.com.
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Here are my most recent posts:

Evil Hackers Get The Better Of Bond

It is often quite bizarre, to me anyway, how Hollywood takes the chaos of the real world and turns it into entertainment, reducing it down to a two-hour package to be enjoyed from the comfort of our living rooms or a movie theater. But with Sony Pictures being hacked, suspiciously around the same time that they are about to release a movie that mocks North Korea, reality is biting back.

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Commenters Are Less Abusive When A Journalist Joins In

Researchers at the University of Texas, Purdue University, and University of Wyoming have been looking into ways of tackling the problem of abusive language in online comments sections, and found that if a recognized journalist gets involved, then the civility of the exchanges improves.

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Does Psy Really Deserve To Break YouTube?

It is a remarkable story for those interested in tech, and for those interested in pop culture: Psy almost broke YouTube when Gangnam Style approached a number of views so high that the YouTube counter was unable to cope with it. YouTube had to adapt their system, allowing Psy’s count to continue.

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Spicy Sriracha Beer Joins The Rooster Sauce Revolution

Dec 06, 14 Spicy Sriracha Beer Joins The Rooster Sauce Revolution

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Lifestyle

You know those occasions that arise now and then when you realize you have somehow missed something that everyone else already knows? Today, I feel like that about Sriracha Sauce (the food, not a band). I had literally never heard of the stuff until I read about spicy Sriracha beer, or Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout beer to give it its proper name.

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The Link Between Strong Youthful Memories, Fiction And Identity

Dec 05, 14 The Link Between Strong Youthful Memories, Fiction And Identity

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Science

I’ll be honest, I have never really seen having children as a life priority for myself, nor have I ever felt that youthfulness was a particular virtue, be it an overrated “childlike sense of wonder” (they wonder because they don’t really know and understand very much), or the idea that teenagers and people in their 20s are at the cutting edge of cool.

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Are Vegetarians Really Helping Animals?

Dec 01, 14 Are Vegetarians Really Helping Animals?

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Lifestyle, Science

I began thinking about the issue of how helpful vegetarianism really is for, that is to say in a direct sense of the animals being killed and eaten rather than a broader ecological sense, when I heard the British comedian Richard Herring talking about why he gave up being a vegetarian.

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Dark Art Of Ouija Boards Is Popular With Black Friday Shoppers

Nobody is quite sure why Black Friday is called Black Friday. For 2014, at least, the name is appropriate because the shadowy practice of Ouija boards is making a resurgence. The games are flying off the shelves, thanks to the success of the new movie Ouija.

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Super Smash Bros.: Now Available On Calculators?

Nov 23, 14 Super Smash Bros.: Now Available On Calculators?

Posted by in Gamer's Corner, Gaming, Technology

As Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. for Wii U hits the stores, one resourceful genius has found a way to help entertain bored students or offices workers who can’t smuggle a 3DS or Wii U into their place of work or study. Super Smash Bros. is now available on calculators.

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Power Corrupts, But So Does Testosterone

Nov 21, 14 Power Corrupts, But So Does Testosterone

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Science

A new study has found that the 100-year-old-theory, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” is still true today – and interestingly has also noted the role of testosterone in being greedy for power.

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Would You Rather Sleep Or Have Sex?

Nov 20, 14 Would You Rather Sleep Or Have Sex?

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Lifestyle, Science

In the modern world, with ever-increasing pressures on our time, some of life’s most fundamental activities are being compromised. Americans are being forced to choose between sleep and sex.

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